Dear Car Talk:
The 100th anniversary of my mother’s birth is next month, so please come visit us. She lives in New York. I’m in Ohio. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, I still hate flying or staying in hotels.
Assuming I can find a place to park for 4-5 days, do you have any suggestions for a car I might rent for travel or living? My 2010 Prius is good for the former but not for the latter. Thank you. — Tim
Absolutely Tim. You need to rent an RV.
Wait now, I know what you are thinking. You imagine something the size of a Greyhound bath. Ford Expedition is hanging behind for a “short walk”. However, not all RVs are huge. There are van-sized RVs and even minivan-sized RVs. And you can rent it for a week.
Search for RV rentals online to see some options. Winnebago and Cruise America are two of RV’s big rental outfits, but there are others.
Gasoline costs are higher than the Prius. But it will save you money on hotel and plane fares. And think about adventure. You will see a thousand miles of asphalt that you have never seen before.
You can drive and get there in a long day. But if you want to split it up, search for an RV campsite online. You can stop by overnight, use the facilities, take a break and find a place to enjoy a $ 6 snack-sized sun chips bag. Some are in peaceful countryside, while others are in the immediate vicinity of convenient major highways.
I don’t know where to suggest parking an RV in New York. Does your mother live in New York City? If so, you can behave like a native New Yorker and double-park for 4-5 days with the flasher on.
Or pay a guy to drive around the block for a week.
In fact, I use Google Maps to find some parking lots and garages near where your mom lives. Then call them and arrange for the manager and RV to park there in advance. They will probably want to know their dimensions to make sure it fits. Then ask them to agree on the price in advance.
Alternatively, you can park a lot during the day, drive to the outskirts of the city, and spend the night at the RV campsite if moms are worried.
In any case, I hope you have a safe trip and your mom will have a very happy birthday for us, Tim.
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